Course Information

Retreat: Deepening and Extending the Foundations of Mindfulness

When: 1 Dec 2021 - 6 Dec 2021
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Bridgette O'Neill, Karunavira

 

What’s involved?

This online retreat provides a wonderful opportunity to practice in a supported and sustained way within community whilst taking practice into the heart of one’s home environment. The retreat structure, teaching process and learning community of fellow participants and teachers provide a scaffold to engage in an individual and collective exploration of human experience, supportive of a deepening understanding of mindfulness as a way of being in the world.

The retreat will be structured around perspectives on the four ways of establishing mindfulness from Buddhist psychology and an exploration of four heart qualities known as the Brahmaviharas in Buddhist psychology and as the Four Friends for Life in secular mindfulness approaches. These teachings will be offered as a framework to support first-person exploration of experience in formal and informal mindfulness practice – the core curriculum will be the immediacy of personal experience. Whilst having their roots in Buddhist psychology, the themes, teaching, practice guidance and explorations will be presented in terms of their application to secular mindfulness programmes such as MBSR and MBCT.

The retreat will include:

  • periods of both guided and self-directed practice
  • short talks
  • sustained periods of silence to enable participants to connect more fully with their inner experience
  • time to practice mindfulness informally between the scheduled sessions
  • opportunities for group inquiries with the teachers.

The teachers will also be available to talk to people individually if necessary.


Who is the retreat for?

This retreat is suitable for people who have attended an eight-week MBSR/MBCT (or similar) course and who have a personal practice of mindfulness. It is open to anyone who meets these requirements and is particularly intended for people who teach or are training to teach Mindfulness Based Programmes and others who are integrating mindfulness into their professional work.

This retreat will enable mindfulness teachers who wish to be included on the BAMBA Listing of Mindfulness Teachers to fulfill the requirement to attend an annual mindfulness retreat. It also fulfils the TTP retreat requirement at Trained Teacher level.


Requirements to attend:

Attendance at an 8-week MBSR/MBCT (or similar). In addition, attendance of at least one day of guided silent mindfulness practice is recommended but not required.

Please ensure you are able to attend the entire event. If this is not possible, please contact us to discuss before submitting an application.


Timings:

Please join in time to begin at 4pm on 1st December. The retreat will end at 12.30pm on 6th December. All times are GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).


What to bring/wear:

Please wear comfortable clothing with layers. Mats, cushions, stools would be helpful to have available to support your practice space at home.


Location:

This will be an online event. A Zoom link will be sent prior to the start date.

Please check you have the best internet connection possible. Use of an ethernet cable can improve the quality of the connection.


Our rates:

Full rate for online event: £345.00 (includes £100 non-refundable deposit)

Employer's rate - Recognising the administrative overhead of dealing with employers, we will be adding a £50 surcharge if the employer is paying directly; where possible we would advise applicants to pay themselves and reclaim on expenses to avoid the charge.


The Application Process: 

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week, but if the retreat leader is on annual leave or on retreat, then this can take a little bit longer.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you for the full amount. 
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your payment.
  4. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.


For more information:

Please email us at retreats@mindfulness-network.org


Click here to sign up to our waiting list - unfortunately this event is now full.